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April 15, 1993 | WILLSON CUMMER
In the second round of debate over the prospect of card clubs in the city, two councilmen painted radically contrasting pictures this week of what gambling might do to Stanton if voters approve a controversial June 8 ballot measure. In a ballot statement filed earlier this week with the city clerk, Councilman Joe V. Harris argued that card clubs would raise money and allow a reduction or even repeal of the city's 6% utility tax. But Councilman Harry M.
May 11, 1995
A recount of votes completed late last week indicates that a measure to ban card clubs in Pomona did pass, although by the slimmest of margins. The Pomona city clerk certified that according to final results, Proposition B passed by a margin of 31 votes out of 10,045 ballots cast. California election law states that groups can ask for recounts within five days of a municipal election.
June 17, 1993 | WILLSON CUMMER
The organizers of the campaign to defeat Measure A, which would have allowed card clubs in the city, are planning a victory celebration on Saturday at the Stanton Neighborhood Center. The measure was defeated by a 4-to-1 margin in a special election held June 8. Councilman Harry M. Dotson and former Councilman David J. Shawver organized volunteers to distribute literature that warned of a connection between card clubs and crime.
April 7, 1991
The City Council on Wednesday voted unanimously to have the necessary paperwork drawn up for a special election on whether to allow card clubs in the city. City Atty. Robert Bower said a special election can be held 88 days after a resolution calling for it is adopted. City Clerk Linda L. Gair recommended that the election, which would cost around $20,000, be held in early fall. If voters approve a card club, it would be regulated by both the city and the state.
September 15, 1994 | SUSAN WOODWARD
The City Council is expected to vote Sept. 27 on a proposed ordinance to double the number of card tables allowed in Gardena's two card clubs. The change in the city code was requested by Councilman Mas Fukai, who said he heard rumors that the state wanted to limit the number of card clubs throughout California, City Manager Kenneth W. Landau said. "This gives us the opportunity to allow the two existing clubs in the city to expand, if they want to," Landau said.
December 22, 1995
Lynwood voters have turned down the chance to allow card clubs in the city, according to unofficial results of an election in which only 11% of registered voters went to the polls. Measure L was rejected Tuesday by a vote of 990 to 609, initial results showed. The measure would have legalized card casinos, in effect beating a state moratorium that begins Jan. 1. No specific casino proposals had been brought before city officials.
March 9, 1993 | WILLSON CUMMER
Faced with a growing deficit, the City Council tonight will discuss approving a 6% utility tax and a special election to permit card club gambling as alternatives to cutting services. The city's $8.25-million budget has a $700,000 shortfall this year, which could reach $1.4 million next year, according to City Manager Terry Matz, who blames much of the city's financial trouble on the state taking about $1 million in tax money that used to go to Stanton.
April 21, 2003 | Michael Hiltzik
Haig Kelegian did the federal government a big favor some years back by taking an embarrassment off its hands: the Bicycle Club casino in Bell Gardens, a card club the feds had acquired, somewhat absent-mindedly, through an asset seizure in a 1990 money-laundering case. After buying out the government's interest in 1999, Kelegian and his partners spent a few million restoring the Bike so it could reassume its status as one of the leading poker clubs in the state.
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